Château La Commanderie

Plaigne, France

Château La Commanderie in Plaigne is one of the rare Cathar castles still inhabited. La Commanderie was built in the 12th century by Guillaume de Plaigne, a Cathar Lord, who took an active role in the massacre of Avignonet and afterwards joined the besieged stronghold as a member of the garrison, along with his brother, at the famous siege of Montségur.

In the 16th century, Barthelemy de Plaigne extended the château. It was sold the Knights of Malta (The Knights Hospitaller) in the 17th century. In the 19th century, the chateau belonged to Mr de Nicol, who modernised the building, and it remained in this family for a century, the last descent being Vilolette de Ferluc.

Today, the imposing castle retains its original spirit of an ancient medieval castle, but modernised to create a family home. It has been beautifully decorated by the current artist-owner and her family, creating a grand but comfortable setting for a holiday, family or company event.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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lisa hope (2 years ago)
We spent a delightful weekend with friends and family at this magnificent chateau set in the rolling hills of SW France. A truly magical experience made even more so with the help of the owner, Rebecca . To be highly recommended especially as a wedding venue.
Pedro Silva (3 years ago)
Very cosy cottage, within the grounds of Chateau la Commanderie; an impressive XIII Century Chateau. The cottage is nicely furnished, and well decorated, with a mix of rustic and modern decoration and has a fire place for colder months. We had access to the large pool by the chateau by paying an additional small supplement. Rebecca - the owner - is a charming lady and an artist always ready to help with great recommendations and tips for restaurants and some sightseeing in the vicinity towns/villages. The can also help organising deliveries of wines and food at the Cottage.
Famille Pou Chab. Alef. (4 years ago)
En cette période si particulière je repense à nos vacances ...We had such a good time last year at the “Commanderie” with the all family. The place is just so peaceful and beautiful. I hope we will be able to come back as soon is possible for a nice event with all our best friends.. Vivement la prochaine rencontre!,
Jen Connell (5 years ago)
Dream wedding venue and perfect family holiday stay! The chateau is gorgeous with plenty of indoor and outdoor options for a large wedding. We stayed for a full week and enjoyed the generously sized pool and grounds. With the chateau and cottage there's room for 28 people. Rebecca was fantastic and helped us find wedding vendors and local suppliers. Mirepoix is 10/15 mins away by car with all the amenities you could want, shops, pubs, restaurants etc. Looking forward to our next visit!
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